Thursday, September 17, 2020

Paul Foster never stopped giving Abbott money

Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”
1 Corinthians 15:33

We were looking at Governor Abbott's recent campaign finance data this morning.  To be honest, we were looking for something else that might or might not be there.  Further investigation required.

However, in perusing Governor Abbbott's top donors for this cycle, we saw something that's very interesting if you know the history:

For those who don't know of him, Paul Foster is a former chairman of the UT Board of Regents. What makes this interesting, however, is that Greg Abbott forced Foster out as Chairman in 2017. At the time, we suspected it was due to steps Foster had been taking to undermine Abbott's legislative agenda.

Apparently, however, Abbott only holds a grudge until it's time to cash a check.

According to state records, Paul Foster has made the following donations to Greg Abbott since his board ouster:
  • 6/30/18 -- $250k to "Texans for Greg Abbott."
  • 6/29/19 -- $100k to "Texans for Greg Abbott."
  • 8/14/19 -- $41,861 to "Texans for Greg Abbott" for "plane expenses."

    • Note: Must be nice.
  • 6/30/20 -- $250k to "Texans for Greg Abbott."
Bottom Line: None of this is really surprising, but it's still a highly revealing window into Abbottworld.

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